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Ltr1-08: QEIA County Oversight

Letter Head: Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

October 6, 2008

Dear Select County Superintendents of Schools, Auditors, and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF THE FIRST APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
COUNTY OVERSIGHT RELATED TO THE
QUALITY EDUCATION INVESTMENT ACT OF 2006
FISCAL YEAR 2008-09

This apportionment, in the amount of $1,599,998, is made from funds provided by Senate Bill (SB) 1133 (Chapter 751, Statutes of 2006) in support of county oversight activities associated with the Quality Education Investment Act of 2006 (QEIA), reflected in California Education Code (EC) sections 52055.700 through 52055.770. For more information regarding the QEIA program and its requirements please refer to the Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) of 2006 Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/lp/qe/.

This apportionment provides funds for county office of education oversight, in 2008-09, of traditional and charter schools participating in the QEIA program and meeting QEIA requirements. Pursuant to SB 1133, the formula for allocating these funds is similar to the formula for allocating funds in support of county oversight activities related to the Eliezer Williams, et al. v. State of California, et al. (Williams) settlement.

Consistent with the Williams county oversight allocation method, established in EC Section 1242, county offices of education receive $2,500 per participating elementary school, $3,500 per participating middle or junior high school, and $5,000 per participating high school for QEIA oversight activities. Additional funding is provided for participating schools whose October 2007 California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) enrollment exceeds certain thresholds, as follows:

  • $2.50 for each pupil that exceeds a total elementary school enrollment of 856 pupils.
  • $3.50 for each pupil that exceeds a total middle or junior high school enrollment of 1,427 pupils.
  • $5.00 for each pupil that exceeds a total high school enrollment of 2,296 pupils.

County offices of education that are responsible for visiting more than 36 participating schools also receive 71 cents per enrolled pupil at those schools, based on October 2007 CBEDS enrollment.

Overall, each county office of education will receive no less than $10,000.

In 2008-09, each participating county office of education will be paid in two installments: (a) 80 percent in this apportionment; and (b) 20 percent in February 2009. To view the schedule for this apportionment showing the payment to each county office of education, please visit the Categorical Programs Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/qeia.

Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately four weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure (SACS) coding, use Resource Code 7400, Quality Education Investment Act, and Revenue Object Code 8590, All Other State Revenue.

If you have any questions regarding the QEIA program, please contact Keith Coppage, Education Programs Consultant, High Priority Schools Office, at 916-319-0251 or by    e-mail at kcoppage@cde.ca.gov. Questions concerning this apportionment should be directed to Nancy Cook, Fiscal Analyst, Categorical Allocations and Audit Resolution, at 916-324-4549 or by e-mail at ncook@cde.ca.gov [Note, the preceding contact information is no longer valid and has been replaced by Karen Almquist, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations & Management Assistance Unit, by phone at 916-327-4406 or by e-mail at kalmquis@cde.ca.gov.].

Sincerely,

Susan Lange, Deputy Superintendent
Finance, Technology, and Administration Branch

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